When in disk mode, your iPod is able to store information similar to an external drive. Whether you are simply copying information to a new computer or simply wish to use the iPod as a backup, you can copy a music folder from your computer to an iPod and transfer it to another computer. Before you can use your iPod as an external disk you must activate the device's disk mode, which can be accomplished by doing so in the iTunes program.
Click the iTunes icon on your desktop or dock, and connect the iPod's cable into the iPod dock connector on the bottom of the device. Plug the other end of the iPod cable into the computer's FireWire or USB port.
Select the iPod icon in the iTunes sidebar, and select the box next to "Enable disk use." Select the "Apply" button at the bottom of the iTunes window to save the settings.
Click the Finder icon on your Macintosh screen, or click the Windows Explorer icon on your PC's desktop, and double-click the iPod icon to open the iPod window.
Locate your music folder on your computer, and drag and drop it from Finder or Windows Explorer to the iPod window, and wait for the transfer to complete. Click the back button in the iPod window to return to the previous window, and right-click the iPod icon.
Click "Eject" from the menu, and manually remove the iPod cable from your computer. Plug the iPod into the new computer, and open Finder on your Macintosh computer or double-click the "My Computer" icon on PC desktop.
Double-click the iPod icon, and drag the music folder from the iPod window to your desktop to transfer it. Unplug the iPod cable from your computer when the transfer is complete.
- Apple Support: How to Use Your iPod to Move Your Music to a New Computer
- "iPod & iTunes For Dummies"; Tony Bove; 2010
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